Monday, January 31, 2011

Sts. Athanasius the Great and Cyril of Alexandria

Joyous feast!

St. Athanasius is called "the Great" generally because of his theology, but in Ethiopia also because he blessed St. Frumentius' missionary labors there and consecrated him Metropolitan of Aksum. He suffered a great deal of persecution for his defense of the Orthodox Faith during his lifetime. More on his life can be found here.

St. Cyril's legacy lives on amongst the Orthodox of the seven councils, but is much more prominent amongst the Orthodox of the three councils who hold strongly to his Christological definition of "one incarnate nature of God the Word" in their opposition to Nestorianism. More on St. Cyril's life can be found here.

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